What if you don’t want to live in a senior community?

What if you don’t want to live in a senior community?

If you asked a room full of 40 adults between the ages of 30 and 60, “Hands up if you want to be forced to move out of your home and go live with strangers,” it would be amazing if anyone raised their hand. Almost no one wants this, yet this is exactly the solution adult children might suggest to a parent who needs a bit of help. It’s never put that way, of course—it’s more likely to be part of a conversation about how good the assisted living facility is, how much safer it would be to live here, and how much “help” is needed. It’s a difficult conversation and an even more difficult situation, especially since recent statistics state that 90% of seniors wish to age in their home. Unfortunately, staying independent at home isn’t always possible. Moving to an assisted living facility can be a good choice for those who wish it, but what about those who don’t?...
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These health tools can help monitor blood pressure, exercise

These health tools can help monitor blood pressure, exercise

New technology comes out every year that make our lives easier, from new smartphone applications to kitchen tools and more. One that we think could greatly benefit seniors is a wearable monitor that checks heart rate, blood pressure, exercise, sleep and other health indicators.  These can help with reaching fitness goals faster and help stay accountable with reminders to keep moving throughout the day. They can also benefit if you live a more sedentary lifestyle and are at risk for hypertension, diabetes and other illness. There are plenty of wearable monitors you can buy, but not all of them are up to standard. It’s important to consider the monitor’s battery life, accuracy, ease of use, durability and whether it is water resistant. We all forget to charge our phones or take off certain items before getting into the shower, so we want to make sure this new device can withstand long periods of time without charge and the occasional shower without...
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OurSeniors.net Magazine welcomes Canada Cloud Pharmacy

OurSeniors.net Magazine welcomes Canada Cloud Pharmacy

OurSeniors.net Magazine welcomes Canada Cloud Pharmacy to its list of Approved Vendors. One of the top issues that older Americans face today is the increased cost of prescription drugs. Our nation’s system is not regulated, and pharmaceutical companies set prices that they know people will pay. It’s the unfortunate reality we are living in and the government can’t step in sooner. The Internet has opened up possibilities of online pharmacies around the world that can provide the same drugs for cheaper costs, but at what cost? Whenever you buy something on the Internet there is a risk. People who buy from online pharmacies put themselves in danger not knowing where the drug comes from, what is in it, and the side effects that come with it. Those drugs aren’t regulated making it very difficult for customers to know what they are getting. CanadaCloud located in Vancouver, Canada, saw this issue and realized it must come to an end. Their mission is to provide...
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Do you know the role humor has played in history?

Do you know the role humor has played in history?

* This article was originally published in the Winter 2020 edition. Updated September 14, 2020. Humor and laughter are unquestionably linked, but they’re not actually the same thing. Laughter is the reaction we have to humor. Humor is something that generates a laugh by being funny or amusing, like a riddle, a pun or a knock-knock joke. This type of wit is often a play on words or provides a punchline with an unexpected turn of events. Of course, the perception of the quality of humor varies with each individual. Research has found that men and women are amused by different types of humor. People from different regions of the country, or even from different parts of the world, often have a regional humor that may not be amusing to others. It can be rooted in a local dialect, a landmark or even native history and homegrown folklore. What is perceived as humor changes over time, as demonstrated by changes in popular...
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Don’t put out a welcome mat for home burglars and robbers

Don’t put out a welcome mat for home burglars and robbers

Have you ever said or overheard someone say while in a public place, “The kids gave me a TV for my birthday,” or “I just got a great deal on a laptop computer?” Do you hide a house key under the back-door mat or leave your doors unlocked during the day? If so, you are leaving yourself open to being victimized. It’s important for all homeowners to take precautionary measures, but more so for older adults. Robbers are a threat to physical well-being, as well as personal goods. Being physically attacked can result in long months of rehabilitation. So, keeping within the bounds of common sense, let the evidence be a call to action, not just another reason to worry. Before paranoia sets in, first consider that there are measures you can take to thwart the possibility of a home burglary. Short of installing electrified fencing guarded by watchdogs and high-tech video cameras monitored by security staff (which, by the way, sends a...
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